Stiff test for Ghana … As they face Guinea in WAFU Cup

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It was earlier billed to be a Ghana-Nigeria clash – and many had looked forward rather fretfully to that potential cracker as the clock ticked away.  But hours later on Tuesday evening, the fixtures were ‘crudely’ altered.

The Stars will now meet the Super Eagles next Monday in the third Group A game.

Maybe, the drama may have done little to douse away the passion of the fans.

So, it is yet another lip-smacking clash at the ongoing WAFU Nations Cup as the nation’s Black Stars B oblige Guinea’s Syli Nationale to the Cape Coast Sports Stadium this evening at 6pm in the second Group A game.

The two swash-buckling sides brushed aside their opponents in their first eliminatory games with Ghana leaving it late to beat Gambia’s Scorpions 1-0 via Vincent Atinga’s penalty, while Guinea bundled out Guinea Bissau 2-1 on a sweltering afternoon, after romping from behind.

Proceedings of the Fox Sports-sponsored games suggested that the two teams had it rough-and-tough and may have ridden on the back of providence to cruise into the group stage.

It is the reason why Ghana and Guinea would take this afternoon’s game with all the seriousness that it deserves, knowing what defeat could do to their destiny in the campaign.

The Guineans play some delectable football, combining their physique with pace and the Ghana coach Maxwell Konadu would have to devise an effective strategy to keep the likes of Keita Sekou, Camara Abdoulaye and star player Ibrahima Aminata Conde at bay. Conde especially has some sweetness on the ball and could be dangerous to any lame, mind-numbing backline.

Ghana will have the home crowd roaring strappingly behind them, doubtless. But it would depend on how they exploit the thunderous voices to their advantage. Indeed, when they play well, the fans would applaud their every movement.  But the reverse could be earth-shattering!

The home fans have still not recovered fully from the team’s elimination from the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) by Burkina Faso and would be looking forward to a hugely improved performance from them.

And, that reparation mission should come with a comfortable win over the Guinean opposition.

Coach Konadu knows that all-too well.

“We know that as for Ghana even our West African counterparts respect us a lot, so we also have to live up to expectation.

”Ghanaians are expecting a lot from us so we will also do our best to impress them. I believe the boys will impress and make us proud,” he said, promising to improve on their lifeless Gambia performance.

Whilst keeping his nose to the grindstone to ensure he builds a rock-solid back, Coach Konadu must also be able to map out a goal-scoring strategy around Kwame Kizito, Stephen Sarfo and particularly Patrick Razak whose swiftness at the flanks must count positively this evening.

Historically, the Guineans have mostly found it tough accounting for Ghana. In 22 games at the senior level, the Stars have won 11, drawn four and losing the rest to the 1976 Nations Cup beaten finalist.

In the 2014 and 2015 Nations Cup tournaments, the Stars thumped the Syli Nationale 3-1 and 3-0 respectively, confirming the Ghana throttle-hold on the five-time Amilcar Cabral Cup winners.

Perhaps, this evening’s affair could be another ball-game and Konadu’s charges can only take their chances very well and avert further post-match controversy.

 

 

 

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  1. Isaac Tsum – Ghana

 

  1. Camara Seydouba – Guinea
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